Two weeks into the 2022 NFL regular season, it quickly became clear that the Pittsburgh Steelers had an offensive problem. The Steelers’ average of 255 yards per game is the third-worst in the NFL. “Kenny” was played at Akrisur Stadium last Sunday as the Steelers lost 17–14 to the New England Patriots.
QB1 Mitch Trubisky threw for 168 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the loss. The Steelers quarterback battle winner has yet to throw for 200 yards in a game, and while he’s not the only offense on offense, he plays the most important position in the game of football, and the Steelers spent a first-round pick. on quarterback Kenny Pickett this offseason. Changes may come soon.
To make matters worse, the Steelers’ lats feel like they’re getting open. Promising rookie wide receiver George Pickens has calculated that he has been open “90% of the time” against the Patriots this week.
“I’m only saying this because I’m a big guy who works low 4.4s,” Pickens said. through Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m always stepping on someone and my stride is naturally longer than the other person’s and I’m actually fast. I’m always (going to) take a step and always feel like I’m open 99% of the time even though the ball gets there mid-air and the (defender) gets time to catch up… But I open up as soon as I get off the line.” .
On Sunday, Pickens played 85% of offensive snaps but caught only one of three targets for 23 yards. Dionte Johnson is the only Steelers to have had relative success so far, catching 13 passes for 112 yards in two games played. The next leader is Chase Claypool, who caught eight passes in just 44 yards.
Pickens said he feels like his teammates are also getting open and getting into “the right places”. The rookie didn’t blame his quarterback for his offensive problems, but chalked up the early-season problems to timing.
Pickens may be right. Trubisky is running a new system with new exits, and Pickens himself is new to the NFL. However, it remains to be seen how patient Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will be with his quarterback.